Burmese Design and Architecture

Burmese Design and Architecture

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The Burmese tradition of architecture, art and design is ancient, diverse and wonderfully rich. A reflection of a civilization unbreached by European powers for 3, 000 years and influenced by China to the north and India to the West, Burmese design is interwoven with spiritual, religious and political messages. It is only now that this tradition is coming to be appreciated by Western students of architecture and design. Burmese Design and Architecture will deepen and enhance that appreciation, for this is the first book to capture the entire span of Burmese design, from arts and crafts to architecture, from the monumental pagodas of Bagan to the architectural heritage of contemporary Rangoon. Covering both religious and secular design, this book offers expert insights provided by leading archaeological experts in this field. With 500 full-color photographs, this is a major work -- and a must-have for serious connoisseurs of architecture, design or Myanmar itself.Marionette Vendors Marionette theatre or yok-thei pwe enjoyed a pre-eminent place in Myanmara#39;s performing arts ... garbed and carefully assembled jointed wooden puppets in fact influenced the development of zat pwe, dance-drama later performed by live actors. ... Favourite tales snclude those stones which emphasize royal court intrigue and provide moral instruction via the performancea#39;s subtext.

Title:Burmese Design and Architecture
Author:John Falconer
Publisher:Tuttle Publishing - 2000


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